* Posts by Dabbb

85 posts • joined 24 Sep 2013


Spektr-R goes quiet, Dragon splashes down and SpaceX lays off


Re: isnt making

It's quite interesting that after all billions of injections from NASA in form of money, engineers, factories, technologies, patents, access to launch pads and air force bases SpaceX is still widely regarded to be a private independent enterprise and not what it really is - covert privatization of NASA.

Two out of five Silicon Valley techies complain Trump's H-1B crackdown has hit 'em hard


Re: Can still get into the US if you want to.

They do but, not the San Francisco team.


Re: Great news



Great news

So employees will have to pay more to get talent that is already in USA.

Great news.

Influx of anti-Trumpers explaining that higher salaries for US professionals is bad for economy because <reasons> in 1...2...3..

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit


Re: To all professional sysadmins here

The metric of my success at work is a hefty amount of money deposited into my account every month, and large chunk of it is directly related to systemd woes.


To all professional sysadmins here

Like you SystemD or not it most certainly keeps you employed.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free


Re: the Eagle Nebula dubbed the Pillars of Creation


You're welcome


So it can wait then, it's not going anywhere anytime soon.

Clickbait it is.


Re: The very next sentence of TFA had your answer

Are you sure that NASA engineers are not in fact at work and that last sentence was not a product of journalistic exaggeration ?


Re: the Eagle Nebula dubbed the Pillars of Creation

It quite possible is, could not care any less.

Does not change the fact that it's not a real Hubble photos and proof is just one Google search away.


Re: Easily solved

If the current state of democratic derangement continues for another two years Mexicans will happily build wall themselves to protect their own country.


"Unfortunately, mankind no longer has a spacecraft capable of reaching Hubble and carrying out repairs, so if the main camera problems are serious then the telescope could be permanently crippled."

So nothing to do with Trump Derangement Syndrome then, just a clickbait ?


Re: the Eagle Nebula dubbed the Pillars of Creation

Except it's not a real Hubble photo but an artist's rendition.

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary


Re: Cool story

This is simply not possible.


Cool story

However this part

Gary shot back: "Then I got some bad news for you: he didn't provide the wrong email, your system is leaking." Norbert admitted that Ryanair's system "sends to the provided email, which is very similar, but not the same".

makes it a little bit too implausible, computers don't understand when one email is similar to another, they just send it to whatever ASCII string is in database. Overall story would work for some 65yo housewife in Buttsex, England, but not attempting to figure out how it can possibly happen is an embarrassment for supposedly technical publication.

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider


The worst mistake you can do trying to kill a huntsman

assuming it was a huntsman, as redback encounters usually result in a loud thump with a slipper and not much of a screaming, is to spray it with spider insecticide.

It will die.

But not before about 5 minutes of agony during which it'll run towards anything that is warm and moves.


Could you speak up a bit? I didn't catch your password


How airport face id works

Not sure about UK airports but in Australian ones there's a counter right past smart gates where a dedicated customs officer compares whether picture taken by camera matches picture in passport and presses a button to let you through.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…


Re: Facebook's shadow profile.

"It could be that any bank loan or insurance applications you might make are affected by friended parties and their likes/dislikes."

Citation needed. AFAIR there's no requirement to disclose your social media names on credit application forms and without it all John Smiths of this world will be doomed.


Re: Facebook's shadow profile.

Your issue is likely related to domain graph.facebook.com where apps send metrics, and it's stopped by Blokada. Actually you would not believe how much stuff being sent to various tracking addresses from a dormant phone. My count is about 1000 tracking events per day for a phone just laying on a table whole day.


Re: Facebook's shadow profile.

Blokada. Must have app for every Android phone.


Re: Facebook's shadow profile.

Well, it was a red herring question.

In the sense that while everyone being outraged by facebook collecting and selling data noone was able to produce single evidence of how that affects users whose data being sold. And why is it important ? Because that's the only way to explain people who overshare on facebook that they should not be doing it. But without real examples the typical conversation about this goes like this:

- OMG, you know that facebook sells all your data!!!!!

- OK, and what do they do with it?

- But it's your data !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They show you ads!!!!!!! And might know where you live!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- <shrug> So what?

"So what?" indeed.

But it's so good being outraged by something that has zero impact on your life, isn't it ?

p.s. and if you left your facebook account public, posted nazi memes and got fired for that it's not a facebook's problem, it's your psychiatrist's, don't blame the wall you chose to write your stuff on.


Re: Facebook's shadow profile.

"Have a look at "Weapons of Math Destruction" by Cathy O'Neil as a pretty good example how your data is used."

I wasted an hour watching her talk at Google and it's not remotely relevant to my question and half of it outright laughable and for someone who is supposed to know about data sciences her examples are based on anecdotal evidence if any evidence at all.

"Examples include targetted advertising for loans & cars, people in poorer communities will get adverts from more predatory companies. In most situations involving money you'll have been pre-judged with the data collected from your social media data"

So absolutely nothing that can even potentially affect me in a real life. Thanks for confirming.


Re: Facebook's shadow profile.

"Facebook is using all these techniques, a lot of AI and a whole lot more to know everything about you"

And what exactly they achieve ? They show me targeted ads ? I use adblock (as a generic term, not endorsing any product). They can sell my data to someone else to show me ads ? I use adblock. They think they can influence my decisions somehow ? They can't, see above adblock, and people who don't use it learn to completely ignore ads after about second week on the Internet.

They might know my location ? So do Mobile Network Providers and with way higher accuracy, and they're known to cooperate with local and international TLAs.

So the question is - with all that data what exactly do you think they can do or do already ? Real world examples please, spare nonsense about influencing US elections with facebook ads for members of US Congress.

Super Micro says audit found no trace of Chinese spy chips on its boards


Re: Again, why bother

"I would love to see an example of a spy break into a factory and inconspicuously add one of these to a few motherboards;"

Inconspicuously ? BMC Pilot is THE most widely used LOM chip for servers, it's literally everywhere. It's firmware is closed source, what inside silicon only Chinese know.

To make it clear - it controls everything and has access to everything on a server. There's no need to add anything else.


Again, why bother

The one below is more than enough to control everything


Britain approved £2.5m of snooping kit exports to thoroughly snuggly regime in Saudi Arabia


Who was Jamal Khashoggi, anyway?

That's actually the main question here.

Canuck couple returns home after night on tiles to gaggle of randomers hanging out in their flat


Re: Police are investigating?

"Why weren't they called the moment the owners walked in and saw all the ne're-do-wells?"

Because they're canadians, the most polite and friendly nation on this planet.

A rumble in Amazon's jungle: AWS now rents out homegrown 64-bit Arm server processors


Re: You are kidding about Intel Atom aren't you?

Atom is exactly what Graviton should be compared to, from other article

"It does poorly benchmarking our website fully deployed on it: Nginx + PHP + MediaWiki, and everything else involved. This is your 'real world' test. All 16 cores can't match even 5 cores of our Xeon E5-2697 v4."


"The world needs competition to Intel for over 15 years now."

SPARC, MIPS, PowerPC are exactly the competition you're looking for for Intel server chips. And ?


"I have 10+ ARM powered devices in my house, and I don't even try to buy them."

Do you know the only few common thing among all of them ?

The are not compatible between each other, there's no drivers for SoC and you can't install other OS to them. Not an issue for any Intel x86/64 devices.


Putting aside your, frankly irrational and unwarranted, love for ARM architecture there's magnitude more reasons to use Intel servers than ARM, Intel Atom if your major concern is power. Do you see lots of them around ? Me neither. ARM destined to fill same niche, something no one asked for or needs.

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship


Re: You'd have to be a Dummy,....

DC-X was demonstrating vertical rocket landing in 1980s so there's nothing particularly special about it, except the fact that it reduces payload and still need be completely disassembled and rebuilt after landing. I'll leave it to you to figure out whether it's easier to build reliable engine from scratch or from used and usually badly damaged parts.


Re: You'd have to be a Dummy,....

NASA - we built a Lunar module in 1960s and landed it on an effin Moon using computer less powerful than pocket calculator of early 2000s and almost zero electronics.

SpaceX - we took nine exactly same rocket booster NASA designed in 1960 for Lunar module, strapped them together, landed whole lot to a barge as a publicity stunt in 2017 and claimed we were the very first who managed successfully land a rocket.

P.S. The fact that supposedly private enterprise SpaceX allowed access to Vandenberg Air Force Base should be enough to start questioning what is really going on there.


Apparently not only names changes every year but also a design.

Which is a good clue that it is indeed bull.

I know what you're thinking: Outsource or in-source IT security? I've worked both sides, so here's my advice...



"Security professionals are expensive because they’re in short supply. "

True. So let's save some money and hire instead those working for service providers, who

1. based in some mostly undeveloped country.

2. not good enough (yet) to move to developed country and became expensive professional.

3. does not give a slightest damn about your problems if there's no ticket and won't do anything until last hour of SLA window to process that ticket.

Good luck, you'll need it.

IBM's Red Hat gobble: Storage will be a test of Big Blue's commitment to open-source software


And what exactly Oracle done to it in your opinon ? Last time I checked it still had free version and Oracle added quite a few Enterprise features to paid version which are worth paying for if you need them.

Amazon's sexist AI recruiter, Nvidia gets busy, Waymo cars rack up 10 million road miles


I call BS on Waymo

Why ? Because of Google's neural network training also known as recaptcha.

If you had to use it recently you'd notice that dominating topics there are cars, buses, bicycles, motorbikes, traffic lights and pedestrian crossings.

Surely you can drive millions of miles in a simulator or on highways but if after years of development you just started teaching your car to recognize such basic things as pedestrian crossings and traffic lights you most certainly don't have any useful self-driving product, no matter how much BS your PR department offloads onto gullible journos.

Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside


"Blame RHEL, not OO (and I'm no fan of OO!), and take that blame and use it to influence your decision next time you use / pay for a distro "

That is THE attitude that drives me mad about OpenSource projects. It's your fault you're using old distro, you need upgrade. Well, I can't. Software that is critical for my job does not run on distro you want me to use.

Besides that, somehow Windows builds of both LO and OO work on Windows 10, Windows 7 and even 20 years old Windows XP. What is your excuse now ?


Sorry, but after forced upgrade of RHEL5 to 6 (process also also known as wipe clean and start from scratch) few years ago just to be able to run LibreOffice built against some latest and greatest library I don't believe that.

Oh, and apparently to run browsers that are not Firefox I now need upgrade (see above about process) to RHEL7. No, thanks, but no.


Statically linked builds ?

Is there statically linked either OO or LO build that does not require users update to whatever obscure Linux distro and glibc version developers prefer this week in order to even install the thing ?

You know, the one that JUST EFFIN WORKS EVERYWHERE !

I find your lack of faith disturbing, IBM: Big Blue fires photon torpedo at Pentagon JEDI cloud contract


Does AWS use SuperMicro boards ?


Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how


Re: What the hell is that gun in the picture ?

Skywall 100

Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?


Why bother ?

How about the fact that most commonly used server management software and hardware formerly known as Emulex Pilot now owned by Chinese Aspeed ?

What do Zuck, Sergey, @Jack and Bezos have in common? They don't want encryption broken


Re: Dabbb

"You don't think the Government tries to take over all aspects of life and censor things they don't like? Have you just been awoken from your cryogenic sleep?"

On some unknown reason at this stage I trust Australian Government more than Facebook and Google.

For all retarded downvoters who think that it's better to deal with transnational corporation not accountable to anyone than with your local governments - smash that button on the right as if your life depends on it. It will make you feel better and you clearly need it.


Re: US-Govt .vs. Auz-Govt - 'Surveillance'

You'll run out of countries in next 10 years or so.



Interesting conundrum.

From one side there's not many reasons to trust government, on the other side it does not try take over all aspects of life, censor everything it does not like and sell your information to the anyone ready to pay.

I think I'll stick with government in this one, at least theoretically it can be reelected.

That syncing feeling when you realise you may be telling Google more than you thought


Re: Shrug

"All Google services disabled, Firefox and DuckDuckGo configured."

Not install Blokada and be surprised how much stuff it still trying to send.

I'm clocking 45+ THOUSANDS blocked tracking events on barely used phone after only a month.

Flying to Mars will be so rad, dude: Year-long trip may dump 60% lifetime dose of radiation on you


Re: Radiation

Galactic cosmic rays (GCR) discussed in this article is a very different kettle of fish and their impact on humans is largely unknown simply because not that many people on this planet are exposed to radiation from particle beam accelerators, as opposite say to Chernobyl or Fukishima sort of events.

Recent studies (https://www.nature.com/articles/srep34774) indicate that GCRs have significant impact on brain and nerve tissue, so DNA damage would be the least of concern for someone who lands on Mars with only 3/4 of brain left.

Microsoft pulls plug on IPv6-only Wi-Fi network over borked VPN fears


Re: Two questions if I may

My Vodafone Australia gives me both IP addresses but phone prefers to use IPv6 whenever possible. Which results in total inability to download anything from Play Market while on 4G connection. The only way around it when phone is not on IPv4 Wifi connection is to use IPv4 only VPN. That how good it works in real world.

Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help


Re: Rainbow haired

What if someone told you that you don't need bring your TDS to every conversation ?


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